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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HOME HAIR COLOUR: YEA OR NEA?

As a hairdresser in the 2000's, everything was in transition: the trends, the ability to be someone completely different looking in no time, and technology had changed.  All hair colour companies competed, producing the most gorgeous haircolour ever imagined.  Prettier than natural hair could ever dream of being, and EVERY BODY WANTED IT.  Salons became busy with coloring.  Base Colours, Hilights, Color Blocking and Dimensional Haircolour were on every woman's mind.  Even the guys jumped on board. You could be anything you wanted.

Then came the root rot, the soft colours, and everything started to become softer, not harsher.  Clients were just getting used to drastic chunks of this and that in their hair, and we changed them to softer.  It was a beautiful few years, and then the economy crashed and everyone started cutting back, and hence the home haircolour was an option people were ready to face again.

As a colorist and an educator, it's hard NOT to notice when I see a home dye job, for these reasons:  I wish I could have formulated their colour.  The boxes of colour on the market give you an idea of what is in the box.  It's never an exact.  So it's just an estimated guess.  The problem is that it doesn't know YOU, or what colour your hair really is, or the underlying pigment in your hair.  These qualities mean everything when formulating and choosing a haircolour line.  Colour is based on the level of lightness or darkness of your hair, and tones that underly inside the hair shaft.  A hairdresser's job is to identify these, and create a formula to guarantee the chosen shade, and IT IS A SCIENCE!





Each time I see a home hair job, I feel bad that I didn't apply it myself.  If I wasn't trying to make a living, I would offer to do it for free.  Sometimes I wonder if people realize that a base colour really isn't that much money.  Why don't people come get their hair cut at a separate time from colour?  Why don't they get products sometime in between?

If you do have to do your hair at home, try to guess a shade that seems closest to your natural.  Have someone else apply the colour for you to ensure better coverage, and make sure not to run it through your ends all the time.  I have heard there are all kinds of dyes in these products and you don't want them overlapping eachother.

And finally, don't cut your hair at home what ever you do.  Some of our shears are made out of Japenese steele, yes, mini Japenese swords.  I offer my guests free bang trims.  Nobody wants raggedy uneven hair!

This is the year of re-inventing yourself.  Do something different with your hair.  Make a total Change.
Red heads are rare and are taking the place of blondes going from gold in the spring to roaring redheads, it's time to do something this decade!  Start with your hair!  Don't be a maintenance mamma this year!  Be the first to do something different for yourself!  Talk to a stylist about your options to change your haircolur.  Make sure they come highly recommended and are there to make you look your best.  Make sure you both are on the same page.

On home haircolour, knowing what I know about them, I say skip the new outfit, dinner out or something you can do some other time, and change your haircolour.  It is a New YOU this 2011!  Kick it off with a bang!


1 comment:

  1. A new salon guest came in hurriedly for an emergency fix! She picked up dark auburn brown and yes, she came in PURPLE! So I said to her, what did it say on the box, she giggles, "DON'T DO IT"~ it took 4 hours to get her looking beautiful again, but she was very pleased with the end result!

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